Collection Archives Although, the photographic documentation of India’s architectural topography had conclusively begun by the mid 1850's, it was pursued as a government-directed policy only after
Essay on Archaeological photography and the creation of history in Colonial India
Archive Field Study Encyclopedic repositories of photographs and drawings have proved to be one of the most enduring creations of colonial politics.
Filling Gaps Imbricated within this physical distancing, with respect to projects on history-making of India, was also the thrust of empirical proclivities, where ‘field observations’ were,
Buddhist Sites By locating Buddhist sites in north and central India, Cunningham could lay to rest speculations on the Buddha’s life-story.
Essentialised Cultures Cunningham’s surveys and interpretation of the temple at Bodh Gaya, which he presented in The Mahabodhi, provides many examples of the ways in which he used photographs to
Truth Values The use of archaeology to build up truth-values of notions derived from elsewhere is explicit in the ‘Aryan’ and ‘non-Aryan’ racial classifications that were imposed on the
Replicating Truths The creation of ‘visual replica’ for ancient ruins and historical monuments has a long history outside photography and India.
Archaeological Photography The role of archaeological photography for recording archaeological excavations remained common throughout the nineteenth- and twentieth- centuries, although, the scope of
Genre Reference An early example of the manner in which photography was inscribed with evidential power are the two photographs of the Atala Masjid at Jaunpur, taken by D.